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Site of the Day: For the Kids

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This is not only site but free software from the Media Labs at M.I.T., and it is just in time for back to school. The name of the site and software is called Scratch. Scratch is a computer programming language developed for kids 8 and up from M.I.T. Media Labs. It is designed to help help kids to be familiar with the concepts of computer programming.

The software runs on windows and macs and it is free of course. So this would be great for schools to get kids interested in computers and technology. Allowing them to make the games instead of playing them. There are resources for educators and teachers to develop programs for their students as well.

The other cool thing about Scratch is it's an online community. Kids can share their creations with other kids from all over. Kids can download other creations and see how it was created.

scratch overview

Check out this introduction to Scratch

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A quick video tutorial
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A Scratch Workshop
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Also check out Blender 3d package. It is 3d and game creation software for free. It is great for older kids and adults. Check out what it can do here.